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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
10 Discontinued Snacks

10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
Comic-con Kid

9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
2013 Commercials

Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Dad Talk to Baby

Have you ever noticed that moms and dads speak differently to their babies? Moms tend to engage in “baby talk”, while fathers’ words tend to sound a lot more like the kind of conversation they’d have with an older child. Or, say…their accountant.

“This isn’t a bad thing at all — it’s not a failing of the fathers”, according to study lead Mark VanDam, a professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department at Washington State. “We think that maybe fathers are doing things that are conducive to their children’s learning but in a different way. The parents are complementary to their children’s language learning.”


Wayne Rooney

After Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Arsenal, Wayne Rooney’s kids stole the show. First, Wayne Rooney’s son Klay took to the pitch post-game for a shot at a goal:

Then, outside Old Trafford, Rooney signed some autographs and took pictures with fans – only to find his other son Kai doing the same:

I stopped to sign some autographs at Old Trafford yesterday and turned around to find Kai doing the same

A video posted by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on

Super adorbz! LOL, etc.

(header pic from Wayne Rooney’s Instagram)

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Geekiest Dads I Follow

Let me be frank with you: dads are doing cute shit and you should point at them and squeal “D’AWWWWW”. And because some of you haven’t dipped your skulls into the pantheon of cute, nerdy, loving, involved dads out there, I’m here to recommend some.

You will follow them. You will enjoy them. You will like some of their photos. These tasks will cost you nothing out of pocket, but will make their day.


Phillies Dad Snag

A couple of days ago, we showed you a dad snagging a foul ball at a Dodgers game while holding his 2 year old son. But because dads are all looking to outdo each other, another dad at a Phillies game bare-handed a foul ball while wearing his baby on his chest…

Dad also got interviewed after the play if you’re interested.

If that were me, it’d be a whole different replay. I’d take the ball right to the nose, it’d bounce off my son’s head and then my reflexes would finally kick in, I’d swat at the ball, miss and hit my wife in the face.

Coincidentally, the foul came off the bat of Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who was criticized for missing games last season while on paternity leave.


Dodgers Dad Snag

I love seeing dads that are able to have the presence of mind to catch a foul ball screaming toward them, all the while, holding their kid. When I’d hold my infant son, I was more or less useless to the rest of the world.

This dude, however, does it in stride:

The kid’s headphones/noise cancellers don’t even budge. Dad’s an all-star.


Hot Dad Bod

In case you don’t have your ear to the streets, (and why would you, it’s filthy) you might not know about a new trend: the “dad bod”.

In short, the dad bod is the body your dad’s got. you go check him out and tell him we said hello while you’re out. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

You back? Okay cool. So the dad bod, as you saw, means you’re not cut anymore. You do some sit-ups and maybe run a little, but your youthful definition is gone. It’s cool, man. The ladies are into it. It’s socially acceptable. It’s in GQ, for crying out loud.


Swiffer Dad Seems Legit

Hey, up front: this is a sponsored post. Though we’re going to talk about some typical 8BitDad dad commercial stuff, I’m letting you know that I was compensated by the Swiffer folks with money and product to talk about their #SwifferDad campaign. Opinions, as always, are all mine.

You know the Swiffer commercials: a green box shows up on someone’s front porch, and suddenly the family enjoys cleaning. But what you might not have noticed is that Swiffer commercials have been really kind to fathers.

With the new “Swiffer Dad” campaign (HASHTAG!), P&G really put their money behind dads, even enlisting some dad bloggers for their commercials. Seem legit, right?


Dick Business Phrases for Parents

Now that a bunch of businessmen are raising families while their wives concuss themselves against the glass ceiling, the living room is the new boardroom.

Nothing says “I’m bringing us out of the emotional recession of raising babies” like standard operating procedure and business jargon in the home. These are 10 dick businessman things you can say to your young kids if you intend to run your home the way you ran your Fortune 500 company (And yes, we’re all aware you were at a Fortune 500 company back in like, 1988, Chad).

If you want to make sure your family unit is a sustainable business model, you need a standard operating procedure. And this list is a damn good starting point.